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The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Cycling in Urban Areas: Part I

March 12, 2016

 

The AnneeLondon team participated in the Women Bike PHL Urban Cycling Riding Basics Class hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia. We are bringing you Part I of our 3-part blog series on the top things you NEED to do as a new urban cyclist. Here are the first 4 must knows for urban cycling -

 

 

  1. Look up bike laws in the urban area that you will be cycling in. Bicycle laws vary from state to state and it is important to know your rights and responsibilities. Remember, a bike is considered a legalized vehicle. In fact, here is a list, courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists, to bicycle laws in each U.S. state.

     

  2. Have the right gear. Use a front white light and a red back reflector, carry a bike lock, and most importantly, wear your helmet.  A helmet is like a safety belt for biking! Don’t forget your “eye and chin check” to make sure that your helmet fits.  You should be able to see the brim and the chin strap should fit snugly.

     

     

     

  3. Maintain good eye contact with other cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.  It is crucial to communicate your intentions when you are sharing the roadway with others.  This is especially important when you are making turns and pulling out of parking lots or driveways.

     

  4. Be visible and predictable.  Cycle where others can see you.  Use lights, audible device such as a bell or horn, and even your voice when necessary to make your presence known. Ride in a straight line and avoid swerving between cars.  Travel with the flow of traffic. 

 

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